Release roundup: Fresh SSDs and tweaking tools

We've got a couple of solid-state storage announcements in this weeks's release roundup: one from OCZ and another from the folks at Super Talent. MSI has also chimed in with some software-related news.

  • OCZ unveils the Vertex 3 and Vertex 3 Pro SATA 6Gbps SSDs. These solid-state drives seem to be as state-of-the-art as you can get, with 2x-nm NAND flash memory, SandForce's freshly introduced SF-2000-series controllers, and 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity. It's no wonder, then, that OCZ quotes mind-boggling read and write transfer speeds of 550MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively, for the Vertex 3. Shipments will kick off early next month; you can look forward to 120GB and 240GB Vertex 3 models as well as 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB Vertex Pro drives.

  • SuperTalent introduces fastest and smallest Gen 2 SSD. These bad boys aren't 2.5" SATA drives like the OCZ offerings. Rather, the Super Talent CoreStore family will arrive next month in PCI Express and Mini PCIe flavors, which will sport Marvel's 88NV9143 controller as well as "new DDR ONFi 2 flash." Super Talent quotes top read speeds of 350MB/s; models with SLC flash will write at up to 220MB/s, while their MLC brethren will hit 80MB/s. Look for 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB CoreStore SSDs in SLC, MLC, PCIe, and Mini PCIe flavors next month.

  • MSI releases new Afterburner, Kombustor utilities. The new version 2.1.0 of MSI's Afterburner GPU overclocking tool goes beyond tweaking controls and introduces video recording capabilities. MSI says it also supports third-party software "so that gamers can develop their own interface for adjusting their graphic card settings through Afterburner!" Meanwhile, Kombustor v2.0.0 adds a new "KMark mode" that can lets users measure graphics performance, upload results, and compare them. Download links are available on this page.

Those new Vertex 3 drives sound pretty tantalizing, provided OCZ doesn't slap too much of a premium on them. I put an SSD in my MacBook a few months ago, but my main, desktop PC is still rocking a 7,200-RPM RAID 1. Perhaps it's time to make the switch there, too.

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